Seven of us this slightly dampish morning to meander around the lanes east of Knaresborough. Every WE ride seemed to be heading out that way so we held back to avoid any confusion. Regrouping at Low Bridge as the quicker rides departed. Good progress out to Farnham and on to Ferrensby and Arkendale. Quick chat to discuss coffee but it was agreed we’d stick to my scheduled ride. Down to Staveley and onto to Copgrove.
Left to Occaney and back to Farnham but then to Lingerfield. Turning left for Scriven and Knaresborough. Onto Waterside, which was very busy and a coffee stop. Very quick and efficient service as we discussed cars, bikes, motorbikes, sporting achievements and my ham and cheese toasty. Duly refreshed we went our separate ways home. My thanks to Justine, Brian, Dave and Paul(x3) for your company and a very enjoyable ride. Plus the weather remained favourable. 22 miles for me. Colin B
Medium Steady – Vince’s Group
There were 10 takers for the Medium Steady so we divided into two groups of 5 for the jaunt out through Knaresborough to Bishop Monkton, then on to Bishop Thornton and Hampsthwaite for a visit to Sophie’s. The original route was the other way round, but the lure of Sophie’s was too much. It was unseasonably warm; we stayed dry and even got a bit of sunshine near the end. About 26 miles in good company.
Medium Steady – Gia’s Group
Medium Plus Ride – Steve’s Group
Plenty of support for today’s fairly flat ride out to Beningbrough Hall. We made our way to Low Bridge in small groups and then had a count of numbers,Mike kindly offered to lead one group of swifter riders and our group of nine followed behind. Not much leading was required as everybody knew the route out to Great Ouseburn and Aldwark Bridge. Peter thought he was feeling rather weak when we got to Knaresborough but it turned out to be his rear brake had seized on!!,once that was sorted we made good progress to Home Farm at Benningborough. Unfortunately we were too late for the breakfast menu and too early for the lunch menu so had the choice of teacakes and scones,sitting on rather damp benches outside. The service was surprisingly swift and off we set to retrace our route back to Great Ouseburn in very pleasant sunshine. Steady progress to Whixley and Cattal and then a bit of drizzly rain for the remainder of the ride but still quite warm. I parted company to return via Knaresborough and everyone else opted for Spofforth. Thanks to everyone for such good company and lively conversation. 44 miles and 1500ft climbed for me. Steve B.
Medium Plus Ride – The Other Group